Sweets for My Sweet

 The month of Love is upon us and it is time for chocolates, roses, and maybe an edible arrangement.  Whether you are the Creative Cutie or the Last Minute Lover, you can’t go wrong with homemade treats.  I would like to share 3 pretty simple treats that you can make for Valentine’s Day. 

The first treat is Cookies!  All you need for this edible indulgence is
  1. Cookie dough
  2. Some heart shaped cookie cutters
  3. A rolling pin (your hands will do too) 
Oh, and feel free to select any type of cookie dough, chocolate chip, sugar, they are all tasty delights.  Be as creative as you would like when it comes time to decorate, I just added heart shaped chocolate candies to make the delight double the fun.           

  The next sweet snack is Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  There are only two ingredients needed for this goody: 1.  Chocolate 2.  Strawberries You will also need some wax paper; the wax paper will help prevent the chocolate from sticking to the surface.  My suggestion is that when it comes time to purchase the chocolate, buy it with the microwavable container.  You can also buy just the chocolate, and heat it in microwave safe container from home. Melting the chocolate is a bit tricky. You will heat the chocolate for about 3 minutes in total, but be sure to stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.  Once you notice that the chocolate is creamy, it’s time to dip the strawberries.  Do not over-heat the chocolate because it will harden.  Make sure you rinse and dry the strawberries before dipping.  You can dip the strawberries and use a spoon to help even out the chocolate.  Once the strawberry is covered                                    place it on the wax paper.  Refrigerate for an hour or overnight.  If chocolate is not your favorite flavor, you can use white chocolate or mix them both.  A combination of some champagne or sparkling cider (for those that are not of age yet) and chocolate covered strawberries will be delectable.   

 

The last delicious morsel is a Cupcake.  You will need:
  1. Cake Mix (Pick any flavor your heart desires)
  2. Eggs
  3. Vegetable oil
  4. Milk
 I like to use milk instead of water because the cakes are more moist, but either one is fine.  Follow the direction on the box because different brands call for different ingredients, temperature, and baking time.  Cupcakes are perfect portions of love to give to anyone, so be inspired to decorate them with red sprinkles, heart candies, red frosting, and any other Valentine goodness.

These treats are excellent for that special someone or even for friends and family.  The best way to get into the heart of someone you love, is through their stomach.  Who needs cupid when you can make cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes? Signing Off, Alexis Your Heart of Haute Contributor 

Vintage and Modern Fashion

        Everyone has an inspiration; it may come from lyrics to a song, or even the beautiful pastels of springtime.  Heart of Haute Fashion is inspired by 1950’s and 1960’s fashion.  Honoring our logo “Made with Love and No Regrets”, we create timeless designs that inspire women to feel as if they are part of the 50’s and 60’s era.     The eternal fashions of the 50’s and 60’s are classic, and some of the most iconic styles and silhouettes have become staples in fashion design.  Times have definitely changed since the “Good Old Days”, and it is becoming more difficult to find original vintage fashion.  As a vintage follower, I am able to find these rare pieces, but sadly one of the main problems with vintage apparel is size.  It is very difficult to find a particular size in, what is now, a one-of-a-kind garment.  This can be heartbreaking, but at Heart of Haute we can make your 50’s and 60’s fashion dreams come true.  Our styles and silhouettes can fit almost any body type, from the Pretty Petites (X-Small) to the Voluptuous Females (2X).     The sweetheart neckline was a classic shape in the 1950’s and in the early 1960’s.  From cocktail gowns to day dresses, this neckline was a very popular style.  If you are looking for a sweetheart neckline dress to add to your collection, look no further; our Sweetie Dress will certainly make your heart sing sweet songs.  Our Sweetie Dress in Fresh Cherry Blue is a perfect day look for the Spring and even for the Summer.      So we have the daywear covered, “What about evening wear?”, you ask.  We have that covered as well, from the Heart of Haute collection the Marseilles Dress in black.  We also offer the dress in red.  This ideal cocktail dress can be converted into a halter dress, or into razor back straps!

   

    Another ageless style is the Shirt Dress.  This dress speaks to the gal that wants to look classy for work and tasteful for lunch with the friends.  If your heart is going “pitter- patter” for this dress, then we have what your heart desires.  The Monte Carlo Dress from our Heart of Haute Line.  We offer it in a variety of colors, and can guarantee a comfortable fit!  We even offer it sleeveless, in our Milan Dress.

    And to our groovy mod gals, I didn’t forget about you!  To all the mod gals digging the mid 1960’s fashion, we too can contribute to your fabulous wardrobe! Let’s take a look at this little hot sleeveless number!

        Perfect for some fun in the sun, or for riding your scooter!  We now carry our own little mod version as well.  From our Mandie Bee Line, the Doreen Dress in Houndstooth is a great addition to your 60’s collection. We also offer this dress in a variety of prints.

    Here at Heart of Haute, we are always getting inspired from the timeless vintage and retro looks. With our guarantee of great quality, as well as a comfortable fit, you can’t go wrong.    Signing out Miss. A Heart of Haute Contributer   

Heart of Haute Loves Lil' Lou Lou!

You may have heard the saying, “accessories make the outfit,” and even though my own closet is slightly lacking in accessories, I have to agree. A beautiful dress without accessories is still beautiful, but add the finishing touches of a few accessories, and you my friend, have yourself a look to call your own!   If you browse a little in the “Accessories” section on our own website, you'll notice the cute bows and headbands by Lil' Lou Lou. The Lil' Lou Lou products that we offer are made exclusively for Heartbreaker Fashion, but this small company based in Riverside, California offers a range of accessories that will have you turning heads when you wear them on your own head. Not only that, but Lil' Lou Lou also offers a small line of vintage-inspired children's clothing to help send your little Susie or Johnny down the rocking rockabilly road early (can we say “mini-rockabilly?”) Not only do I have the pleasure of working with the designer and owner, Lily Dueñas, here at Heart of Haute Headquarters, but I also got a chance to find out more about the rockabilly scene from her point of view, and the story behind Lil' Lou Lou.

The Lil' Lou Lou 4 in 1 Headband, in Darla Pink exclusively for Heart of Haute.

  When did you start Lil' Lou Lou? I started back when I was still attending CalPoly [Pomona] and that was in 2007.   What made you decide to start your own company? It was kind of by accident, really. My friend from the fashion department [at school] saw that I was struggling a little bit, because at that time I was working in retail, and my paychecks weren't the greatest. She told me that she would make things, and sell them at different art walks, rockabilly shows, and so on. She suggested I make my own things to help pay for my textbooks and bills, so that's how I started making different things and selling them at different shows. I would always tell my customers, “Thank you so much for buying this, because not only are you helping me [with my company,] but you're also helping me buy my textbooks so I can pass my classes!”   Why did you choose to do accessories and children's clothing? I chose accessories because I would go to rockabilly shows, and I always kind of saw the same things. I never really saw something that I – not that I couldn't wear myself, but for example, bandanas. I would buy bandanas, but it takes that extra step to iron it, and fold it, and iron it some more. I just thought, “What would work for me, and work faster?” Especially when I was running late but still wanted to look cute! I just came up with things that I would wear, but would also be easy for someone else that was in the same shoes I was in. The children's line – I've always wanted to do something like that, especially because I would see my nieces and nephews and I just thought they were so darn cute! I just thought maybe it would be a good idea to come up with some vintage inspired clothes so I could dress them.   So they like wearing your clothes? My nephew LOVES the button up shirt that I have [in my line.] He doesn't fit in it anymore, but because he knows Auntie made it, it's his favorite shirt. I need to hurry up and come up with something new, because it does NOT fit him anymore, but he doesn't want to get rid of it!

Lily's nephew wearing the Josh Button Up Shirt

  Is there a story behind why you named your company Lil' Lou Lou? Yes, it's a combination of all my nicknames: Lil, Lils, Little Lily. My cousin's kid couldn't really say my name, so he started calling me “Lou Lou.” I combined all of my nicknames together, and that's how I came up with “Lil' Lou Lou.”   Have you ever heard of “Little Lou Lou” the cartoon? Yes, and you know people always ask me, “Oh, Little Lou Lou like the cartoon?” and I say, “No, as in ALL my nicknames.” Yeah, I get that a lot.   Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs? Well, it just kind of comes to me – no I'm just kidding! Fabric, if I see something at the fabric store. If I see a certain color it might spark an idea. I could be driving down the street and something could just. . . it's anything really. I don't ever really sit in front of the computer and Google “vintage stuff.”   What was your first product and what inspired that? It was the 4-in-1 headband. The fact that I did not have enough time to keep folding and ironing my bandana so it would be small enough for my head (laughs) because I have such thin hair, so I felt like the bandana was too bulky in the back! For other girls it would look really nice because they had nice, full hair, but for me I felt like it just didn't look as flattering, like “Darn, I need to do something!”

Instructions for the Lil' Lou Lou 4 in 1 Headband.

  What originally drew you to the “rockabilly scene,” and what is your favorite part about it? It was the clothes, the fashion. I LOVE the way women used to dress back then. I feel like it was classier – not that people aren't classy now, but there was some kind of magic or something, that when you're little you're just like, “Dang, that's awesome!” You know, like the princesses? You would see these ladies in fitted dresses, with full skirts. I just loved it. My favorite part is when I get to go to shows and see legends that are still performing. For example, I went to see Wanda Jackson, and I've seen her – I don't know how many times – but I never get tired of it because when else am I going to have the opportunity to say that I got a chance to see Wanda Jackson? I get to hear her stories, and how certain songs came about, or how she used to date Elvis. I think that's one of the best parts, for me at least.   What's your best kept hair and/or accessory styling secret? Bobby pins and a teasing comb are my best friends! I have really straight, fine hair, so when I'm running late I know that if have a couple bobby pins, I can tease it, do a quick pin curl, throw on a bandana and I'm ready to go. Those two have never failed me.   Is there any technique that you like to use specifically when you style your hair? I've always used sponge rollers. When I was little my mom would put the pink ones in my hair! I did try pin curling my hair, and I've been doing that lately. I use a sculpture pin curler.  Everybody's different, so once you get to know your hair, then you'll know what works for you. Try different things, and find out what works best for you.   Who is your style icon/inspiration? I get happy when I talk about Dita [von Teese] (laughs.) I LOVE Dita. She is just amazing! I was at another Wanda Jackson show, and I was wondering if Dita would be there, because I know she's a fan, too. She was! She was just there with everybody. There is something about her that makes you feel welcome. She's really down to earth, and I really like that about her. I got the chance to meet her at Viva [Las Vegas,] and I was so nervous! She was so nice. She was talking to me as if she'd known me from “way back when!” I obviously like the way she dresses and all that, but after I met her, that's when I realized she's really down to earth. That's what I like about her. She's being nobody else but herself, and I think that's a really positive message.

Lily and her boyfriend, Anthony, with Dita Von Teese.

    Do you have any advice for anyone that is considering starting their own business? Baby steps. Take baby steps. It's very important. I feel like sometimes you get desperate, or you want things to happen quickly, but it's better if you do things step by step. You learn along the way, and you learn from others instead of just jumping into something that might not last as long.   What are three things you want your customers to know about your company that they may not already know?   I'm proud to say that Lil' Lou Lou is manufactured in the USA. I don't think a lot of people know that. When I'm out selling, people think I just went to downtown [LA] and bought stuff to sell. I think it's really important for people to know these aren't just products that were imported from China. I made the patterns myself, and I also cut everything myself. I sew some products, but I also have contractors that I send out to.   My personal style is a mixture of different eras: 40s, 50s, and 60s. Lil' Lou Lou is also a blend of that, too. So even if it's a “die-hard 50s girl” she'll still able to wear something from the line, but even if it's a 40s girl, she'll be able to find something. It's just a mixture of all the things I like, and I'm pretty sure they like it, too!   My website's coming soon, and I'm really excited about that! That should be some time this Spring or Summer, so they should look out for that.     You can grab your own Lil' Lou Lou Heart of Haute Fashion exclusive accessories on our retail site.  For more information, or to check out the rest of her line, visit Lil' Lou Lou on Facebook!     With Love & No Regrets, Katrina

A Sneak Peek into Heart of Haute in 2013

 

Happy New Year Heart of Haute Fans!

What better way to start off the New Year, than by getting a sneak peek into what Heart of Haute is planning for 2013.  We are known for our choice of prints and silhouettes, and we have some great prints for you this coming year.

Our latest version of the Peggy Sue Dress is showcasing the On The Dot Print. The print has a black background that is filled with different shades of gray dots.  The Peggy Sue has a full swing skirt, with princess seams to fit through the body.  It buttons up the front and is made with 100% quality cotton.The ever popular Sweetie Dress demonstrates here how fun our new Funshine print really is.  The Funshine print has a white background with sprinkles in light blue, yellow, orange, and brown dots.  Our Sweetie Dress is also a full swing skirt with halter ties around the neck.  The princess seams make this dress a comfortable fit, and is crafted in 100% quality cotton.

A new look for our Milan Dress is featuring the Carmen print.  This fabulous floral print has a white background with beautiful white roses outlined in black.  The Milan Dress is part of our Heart of Haute Collection, and has a full  skirt with a knife pleat in the center back.  The fabric is a 100% cotton batiste print.

This classic cut Monique Dress is shown here in the new Lacey print.  The print is a great way to wear a faux lace look.  This gorgeous black brocade print is perfect for any occasion, and is paired with a contrasting black sash.  Our Monique has a bateau neckline and a full A Line Skirt, made with 100% cotton.

Our Gypsy  Skirt looks cute as ever in the Lacey print, with contrasting black sash.  The skirt is paired with a Gigi Top.   This daring off the shoulder top is a knitted fabric, and fits comfortably.  Both items are made with 100% quality cotton.

 Ladies, a round of applause please for our newest dress, the Elsie.  This form fitting dress has an empire waist bodice, darted fitted skirt, and an ideal little black bow in center front to tie the dress together.  Part of our Heart of Haute Collection, the Elsie is made of 100% cotton pique and the bodice is cotton lined.  Perfect for warm days, and dressy enough for nights.

 Well Ladies and Gentlemen, this is but a taste of what Heart of Haute is planning for 2013.  I would like to thank Mitzi, from Mitzi and Co., for allowing me the opportunity to snap some photos from our up and coming catalog.  Stay tuned to see when these items are up for purchase through our site, and we will definitely have more new and exciting things in store for you. Signing Off, Alexis  Heart of Haute Contributor                 

Cheers to a New Year!!

The New Year is abound Heart of Haute Fans, which means the holiday festivities are still in full swing!   Whether you are hosting or attending parties this year, Heart of Haute is here to help you channel your inner domestic diva.  From the perfect dress to the perfect dessert, read on for more!           

  As the year comes to an end, the holidays are our last excuse to indulge in that extra slice of cake.  We love our sweets here at Heart of Haute, especially chocolate—after all, who doesn’t love chocolate?!  In light of this holiday treat, I give you the ultimate chocolate ganache cake from one of our favorite baking websites, Bakerella. The chocolate cake layers are rich and moist, frosted in chocolate chip loaded buttercream for extra bite and topped with a smooth, creamy chocolate ganache.  It’s decadently delicious and just the thing to whip up for your post holiday or New Year’s shin dig.  For the full recipe, visit: Bakerella's Just a Cake Recipe                       

Since you never need an excuse to be stylish, you can bake up a storm with one of our lovely Diner Dresses.  We offer this item in olive, black, red and polka dot and with all fabrics in stock, you’ll be ready to heat things up in the kitchen in no time!           

 And what’s a New Year’s Eve Party without cocktails?  Try something different and unexpected from the traditional champagne this year with fruit and Prosecco cocktails from cookieandkate.com.  They are fruity, fresh, and make a fabulously colorful presentation.  For instructions to whip up these cocktails, visit: Fruit and Prosecco Cocktails Recipes.                  

Want to get creative?  Deck out your cocktail table with clocks and twinkling lights!  You can find more tips like this from Reader’s Digest.  Visit: Plan an Easy New Year's Eve Cocktail Party   Let’s not forget the most important necessity for New Year’s Eve—the dress!  If an intimate gathering at home is your plan, try Heart of Haute’s very own Super Spy Dress.   It’s classic design and comfortably flattering fit has made it one of our top selling items every year.  Whether you go sassy in Burgundy, sleek in Navy, fresh in Slate Blue, or classic in Black, with the right accessories, you’ll find there’s nothing this versatile dress can’t do!

If fancy is more your flair, try something from our Teresa Marie Collection.  The lace and satin Juliet and Antoinette Dresses will surely be showstoppers.  Whatever your party plans are Heart of Haute fan, may you welcome 2013 in fabulous Heart of Haute Fashion!    

 

'Tis the Season for American Made Products

Seasons Greetings Heart of Haute Fans, It is that time of year Ladies and Gentlemen for lights, decorations and most importantly of all, shopping!!  Oh, the gift of giving!  The possibilities are endless, but I wish my pocketbook was just the same.  When deciding on what types of gifts to purchase this year, I have made the conscious decision to look for one particular label on the products that I purchase this Christmas.  One that states: Made in the USA. ‘Tis the season to buy American made products.  Why?  The answer lies in an article that I read published by ABC News' Ben Forer.  The article gives some very interesting insight as to how American shoppers have shifted over the years from purchasing products made in the USA to products made in China.  During the 1960’s, 9 out of 10 Christmas gifts in this country were made in the USA (Forer) What struck me as fascinating is that American shoppers do not need to spend much on American made products to make a positive impact on our economy.  If each of us spends just $64 on an American made product for a Christmas gift this year, 200,000 jobs will be created in the USA (Forer). Here at Heart of Haute, we are very proud to deliver American made products to our customers.  We know because we make them here in San Dimas, California with love and no regrets!  We are happily committed in providing top-notch quality and customer service, all while being very fashionable, of course.  The Heart of Haute company wants to thank its customers for creating jobs while aiding the prosperity of the US economy - you rock! Signing off,                                                                                                                                 Alexis Heartbreaker Herald Contributor If you would like to read more on Forer's article, please visit http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/11/made-in-america-creating-jobs-for-christmas/  

Holiday Blues

I know what you're thinking.  “Who wants to have holiday blues?”  Trust me, Heart of Haute Fans, these are blues you'll want to have. Baby, it's cold outside!  Who says you have to settle for frumpy to avoid shivering from Jack Frost's wrath?  These dresses are made with a double-knit, poly-blend fabric that can help add a little warmth to a winter party night. Think it's too cold for a shorter skirt?  Doubling up on cream colored tights should do the trick!  Throw on your favorite cream colored boots, and you're ready to take on the winter wonderland.

Marleen Dress in Blue

 Madeline Dress in Blue

Matilda Dress in Blue

For our Heart of Haute fans enjoying warmer weather this holiday season, our lovely Teresa Floral Blue is available in your favorite sun dress styles, and even our a-line skirt.  Headed to a holiday party?  Dress it up with our Fancy Rose in Ivory.

Beverly Dress in Teresa Floral Blue

Sweetie Dress in Teresa Floral Blue

A-line Skirt in Teresa Floral Blue  (shown with Marilyn Top in Slate Blue)

Looking for something classic?  Channel your inner Joan Holloway with a wiggle dress!  Show off your fabulous curves in a stunning Slate Blue.

Vanessa Dress in Slate

 Super Spy Dress in Slate

The best part is that these lighter shades of blue are great colors all winter (and even all year) long!  That means you can show off your new favorite Heart of Haute Dress even after the holidays.  So keep those holiday blues away (the kind we don't want) with your own prettier, and girlier holiday blues.
With Love & No Regrets,
 
Katrina Heart of Haute Herald Contributor  

Black Friday, Weekend Sale, and Cyber Monday

Hey Heart of Haute Fans. It's Mandie Bee here. So, word on the street is Heart of Haute will be having some incredible deals this holiday weekend. And by street, I mean my office computer...because that's where I come up with this stuff! If you want in on the secret, you've come to the right place.  Friday has you saving 15% on the entire site plus free shipping on orders of $300 or more! Saturday and Sunday? Easy. Check out the HoH Sale Rack via our Facebook page. And Monday is super sweet, too. Spend $100, get $25. I've decided this year to make things very simple. No coupons. That's right. Just shop easy knowing that you'll be saving. No more feeling left out because you don't have the special coupon code. No more "hey, where do I input the coupon? I'm confused!". That's right, my dear Heart of Haute fans. This year, all you got to do is worry about what you'll be sporting for all those upcoming holiday parties and what's on your Christmas list! If you've had your eye on something for yourself, this is the weekend to grab it! ....and if you're hunting for some lovely holiday apparel, may I suggest our Dynasty collection?  These dresses are 100% cotton with a gold metallic print! They shine in just the right light and look fabulous in photographs!                                   Also in this group, the Empress print. A white background with gold metallic print. Our friend, Dinah DeRosa, really rocks the Beverly here!                                                           Heart of Haute is also a great place to find cool gifts for $20 or less!  You may find our selection of Jewelry to be just right for the lady in your life!                                   We also have Mitzi's 2013 Pinup & Hot Rod Calendar for the fellas!                         So whatever your reason, this really is the season to shop with Heart of Haute and save a pretty penny! Happy Thanksgiving, Dolls.  Enjoy the Black Friday, Weekend Sale, and Cyber Monday offer! With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee  

Heart of Haute Herald at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique

Hello Heart of Haute Fans, This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit The Art Walk in Downtown Fullerton.  I found so many great shops, it was a bit overwhelming.  Click on the link below to view my video blog about Heart of Haute's night out on the town in one of my newly favorite shop's Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.     With Love & No Regrets, Alexis Heart of Haute Herald Contributor

Falling In Love with Heart of Haute Fall Colors

We have definitely hit the mark for our retro girl for the Fall season.  The 2012 color trends for Fall, according to Refinery 29 (http://www.refinery29.com/2012-color-trends/slideshow#slide-1 ), are Beautiful Burnt Orange, Dazzling Deep Teal, Vivacious Venetian Red, and Cute Cerulean.  Keeping up with the season’s color trends can be rather tricky, but one can never go wrong with the basic colors such as Brown, Orange, and Dark Red.  Another helpful trend tip for the Fall season is layering.  Layers are a must, but too much layering or accessorizing can lead to a cluttered look.  Here are three different looks you can achieve without over accessorizing, and with items from your very own closet. Our lovely model and fellow co-worker, Katrina, is wearing a Monique Dress in the Orange Orbit print.  She has paired the dress with a Bow Belt (Belt available on our website), a PU Leather Jacket, and finally Katrina has added her own touch by using the original belt that came with dress as a head scarf.      You don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite summer dresses just yet.  You can always pair your Sweetie Dress with a one-of-a-kind vintage sweater, or try our new Sweet Sweater by Mandie Bee.  Have fun accessorizing with boots, tights, scarfs, sweaters, jackets, hats, and you will be looking sensational for the Thanksgiving season.